Masters Admissions Overview


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Brian An, Director of MSPP Program

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Brian An is the director of the Master of Science in Public Policy (MSPP) program in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology. His research examines how institutional and policy design affect management processes and policy outcomes at all levels, from local and regional organizations to national governments across the globe. His policy research area spans housing, energy, and environment, and the role of AI and technology. Dr. An has consulted or worked for international and US organizations, including the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, International Finance Corporation (the World Bank Group), the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Enterprise Community Partners, Brookings Institution, Fulton County Government, and Atlanta Mayor’s Office among others. He has a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern California, a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from the Yonsei University.

Admissions Process

Applications are electronic and are handled through the Georgia Tech Graduate Admissions System. Items required for admission (in addition to test scores) are the completed application with essay questions, application fee, official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation.

The GRE is NOT required for admission. However, applicants may provide GRE scores if they choose to. Scores can be sent to the university code 5248. GRE, IETLS, and TOEFL scores are received by the Graduate Admissions Office.

For more information on the MSPP admissions process, visit the Admissions Overview page.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2025 Semester Deadline: Oct. 15, 2024

Fall 2025 Semester Priority Deadline: Feb. 15, 2025

Fall 2025 Semester Final Deadline: March 15, 2025

Admissions Standards

The School of Public Policy reviews applications for the Master of Science in Public Policy program twice per year. The 2025 fall semester application priority deadline is Feb. 15, 2025, and the fall space available deadline is March 15, 2025. The deadline for the 2025 spring semester applications is Oct. 15, 2024. 

An introductory statistics course is a prerequisite for coursework in the Masters degree. 

The admissions standards are rigorous. It takes into account all the documents in the application that are relevant to the academic potential of the candidate. College grades, references, previous experience, and a statement of interest are assessed together to determine the quality of the case for admission.   


For questions related to the admission application process, materials, and MSPP curriculum, please direct them to Ronny Anderson (Academic Program Manager) at

Student Diversity

Our Master's program has a diverse student body, though students share a strong analytical background. Students with analytically oriented undergraduate degrees in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, and humanities have completed our program successfully and received the M.S. in Public Policy. Therefore, we encourage applicants who have completed a bachelor's degree or equivalent in any field and have an interest in the public policy emphases of our school to apply.


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